Reducing violence against women and girls
Tithetse Nkhanza - Malawi Violence against Women
and Girls Prevention and Response Programme
The Malawi Violence Against Women and Girls Prevention and Response Programme – also known as Tithetse Nkhanza (Let’s End Violence in Chichewa) – aims to reduce the prevalence of VAWG and improve the justice system for women and girls living with violence in Malawi

It is a six-year learning programme funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. We started delivering it in 2019 with consortium partners Social Development Direct and Plan International.

As Tithetse Nkanza progresses, the programme team will work towards four key outputs: 
  • That formal and informal justice services handle VAWG cases in line with protocols and laws.
  • That men and women duty bearers have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prevent and respond to VAWG.
  • To establish or strengthen local level mechanisms in target areas to help VAWG survivors access justice and other support services.
  • To give men and women, boys and girls the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prevent and respond to VAWG.

Working at national, district and community levels, our team is delivering context-specific interventions and building in adaptation as we learn. It is initially focusing on Mangochi, Karonga and Lilongwe districts, but will expand into further districts during the programme’s second phase.
Policy Brief What is driving violence against women and girls in Malawi?
October 2020

Research conducted by the Tithetse Nkhanza programme in three districts in Malawi since July 2019 has found that rates of violence against women and girls (VAWG) are significantly higher than the global average. 

Our policy brief presents the key findings of that formative and baseline research conducted on VAWG in Malawi. It identifies which groups of women and girls are more at risk of violence, what types of violence are more common in Malawi and what are its main drivers. The brief also highlights the social norms that have been used to justify various forms of VAWG and includes a qualitative study to better understand the underlying norms, attitudes and behaviours that contribute to violence arising or prevent help-seeking within the target communities.  
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Research Report Gender, Inclusion, Power and Politics (GIPP) 
October 2020

This Gender, Inclusion, Power and Politics (GIPP) research report examines the impact of the 2020 Presidential election and of COVID-19 on the operating environment in Malawi. 

The report focuses in particular on the effects of these events on the programme’s work on violence against women and girls prevention and response.  
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